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Maintaining Herd Health When Introducing a New Bull

Purchasing a new bull is an investment with long-term impact, both financially and genetically. As a result, bulls should be initially selected on expected progeny differences (EPDs), performance measures, and potentially breed. Fin…

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Treating Stocker Calves

Despite all the advances in preventative health management, stocker calves still get sick sometimes. Newly arrived stocker calves are particularly susceptible to respiratory disease. However, quickly identifying sick calves and prov…

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Euthanasia of Livestock

While no livestock owner ever wants to lose an animal, sometimes euthanasia is the most humane option for sick, injured, and debilitated livestock.

Euthanasia is a Greek term meaning good death and occurs when death is induced wi…

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Breeding Soundness Examination for Replacement Heifers

Replacement heifers are an investment with long-term consequences, both financially and genetically. Heifers are evaluated based on breed, physical soundness, conformation, genetic analysis, growth, body condition score, visual appr…

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Prevention Best Medicine for Calf Scours

When new calves are born and start growing, so does the threat of calf scours (diarrhea). A variety of infectious microorganisms, including bacteria (e.g., E. coli, Salmonella spp., Clostridium perfringens, Campylobacter ssp.), viru…

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Bovine Leukosis

Enzootic bovine leukosis, also known as bovine leukemia, lymphosarcoma, or malignant lymphoma,
is a cancer of adult cattle caused by bovine leukemia virus (BLV). A different disease with a similar name, sporadic bovine leukosis, oc…

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Collecting Forage Samples for Laboratory Analysis

With any type of forage sample, the goal is to collect a representative sample. The following provides some guidelines.
Collecting a Hay Sample (≤ 20 percent moisture)

Test each lot of forage separately. A lot is defined as ha…

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Alabama Beef Quality Assurance: Administering Cattle Health Products Properly

Selecting the best route of administration, choosing the correct needle, choosing the correct injection site, practicing good sanitation, handling drugs correctly, and proper restraint will ensure proper action of the drug and will …

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Alabama Beef Quality Assurance: Cattle Health Product Use and Storage

To ensure the proper use and effectiveness of cattle health products, beef producers must use FDA-approved products and use them only as directed by the label or veterinary prescription (if all requirements are met). All products mu…

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Alabama Beef Quality Assurance: Managing for Good Herd Health

A good herd health program is essential for a profitable cattle operation. Healthier, better-performing cattle ensure production of an abundant, safe, wholesome supply of beef products that consumers can purchase and consume with co…

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High Tunnel Vegetable Construction

High tunnels are unheated, plastic-covered, solar greenhouses. Ventilation is passive through roll-up or roll-down side walls or curtains. Crops are grown in native soil under the high tunnel, which protects them from environmental extremes…

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Poultry House Ventilation Guide

“Poultry House Ventilation Guide” is a 40-page book outlining what ventilation birds need in a house. Included is information on understanding common methods and procedures for operating modern poultry houses in minimum, transitional, and t…

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